Bennett’s 2nd Birthday Party: Curious George Theme

So late last month we celebrated Bennett’s 2nd Birthday Party. We had it later in the month because Bennett’s actual birthday on the 3rd was just too close to Owen’s birth and I knew I wasn’t going to be up to planning a birthday party SO soon after giving birth. In fact, usually I start planning a party months in advance and although i had an IDEA of what i wanted for Bennett’s party; I didn’t begin until about a week before and most of the supplies I got were from the Dollar Store, some Target and Amazon too.

For the past few month before, I also debated between whether his theme should be Curious George, Cars or Baseball. He loves all 3 of those. However, I figured baseball & cars are things he will most likely still like as he gets older, but Curious George represents his current age very well. Since I love planning parties and have such bad luck with them (usually the weather) I decided to give myself slack this time around. I was going to keep it very simple and casual and not stress about it.  And that paid off. Cause just like every other party I have had before, the weather was my nemesis. The WHOLE Week, the weather had been perfect, but of course the day of the mainly outdoor party it had to be overcast weather with some light showers. Which led to  very anti-climatic decor as I couldn’t really decorate outside. BUT i didn’t panic and just accepted the day for what it was and what was accomplished looked nice.

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For food we kept it simple with Sloppy Joe’s I Made, pizza from Little Ceasar’s, Fresh Veggies, Pretzel Chips and for Dessert. Funfetti Cake w/ Lemon Icing, Banana Cupcakes w/Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Chocolate frosting all of which I made and decorated.

 

The weather did get better towards the end and the party overall was nice and Bennett had a bajillion cupcakes and enjoyed himself thoroughly which is all that really matters at the end of the day.

Bennett’s Half Birthday

Yesterday, Bennett turned 1 and a Half years old.

I don’t know why, but this seems quite significant to me. Maybe, because to me 18 months is when he is actually a toddler. It is when he is capable of understanding, learning and doing more.  Like most Pinterest, social media obsessed mothers.. I envisioned a very cutesy 1/2 birthday celebration. BUT of course, with our schedules being pretty busy as of recent and me being 17 weeks pregnant. That did not really happen. And that is OKAY. Here is what did happen though.

Around 8:30 I walked into Bennett’s room to find a happy , but naked little boy. He had managed to take his diaper off. Luckily, no poop in the bed.. just pee.

We continued our normal morning routine and then headed to the grocery store, so I could pick up ingredients for his cake and a crockpot pot roast I planned to make for dinner. He was an absolute angel at the grocery store. Waved and said “hi” to every person that passed us and recently he figured out that we put the items we are buying in the big part of the cart.. so, he liked it when I handed him the objects we were buying and he could toss them into the back.

Once we got home, it was nap time. Since, we plan on using Bennett’s crib for the new baby and they will be sleeping in the same room. We decided to (hopefully) save us the trouble of sleeping training a newborn and transitioning a toddler to a big bed at the same time and have Bennett start taking naps in the big bed at 18 months and start sleeping at night in it around January. Even though, the baby will be in our room for the first few months, we thought we should be proactive about that now.

So, on his Half Birthday we began Day 1 of napping in the big bed. When it’s time for nap, he actually already runs to the big bed and sits on it so, tucking him in and leaving him there wasn’t hard. What is hard of course is him staying in bed. I was aware this would happen, but was hoping he would tire himself out and eventually go down. So while he was in his room “napping”; I began dinner.

Once I finished getting everything in the pot, I realized I had forgot 2 key ingredients for the cake. The eggs and the butter. So, I sent a text to Andrew to pick those 2 items up on the way home.  Then I checked on Bennett, who was still not sleeping as I could clearly hear him happily playing in his room and to my surprise the room was destroyed. So I picked him up and put him in his crib, since he still needed to nap and he didn’t go down for quite awhile.  When he did wake up he was totally in distress, bawling his eyes out and only wanting to cuddle me.

I took him into the living room and we cuddled and watched youtube, until Daddy came home. Andrew came home, I scrambled to bake the cake. We ate dinner (it was okay). I sloppily decorated him a cake and we sang him happy birthday, fed him a slice and he went to bed.

Not at all what I had envisioned, but that is life and in the end it worked out. Sure, he ate cake at 8pm and went to bed at 8:30pm but it worked out.

PS. He Did Wear Clothes at some point during the day.